From RT (formerly Russia Today)
A new US intelligence report portraying Moscow and Beijing as trying to bring warfare into the heavens has drawn the ire of China, which insists that space is not Washingtonâ€™s â€œprivate property.â€
â€œI want to make it clear that outer space belongs to all mankind. It is not exclusively owned by any one country and especially not the private property of the US,â€ Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, referring to the latest paper by the Pentagonâ€™s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
Hua slammed the â€œunwarranted and utterly baseless commentsâ€ in the DIA report, saying China stands for the peaceful use of space and opposes its militarization.
â€œFor many years,â€ the spokeswoman stated, â€œChina, Russia and other countries have been working hard and trying to reach an international legal instrument to fundamentally prevent the weaponization of or an arms race in outer space.â€
The DIA report â€“ which comes amid Donald Trumpâ€™s cosmic endeavors such as the establishment of the Space Command â€“ fans fears of US dominance being challenged everywhere, including space. Russia and China â€œview space as important to modern warfare and view counterspace capabilities as a means to reduce US and allied military effectiveness,â€ it claims, noting that both countries have done much to boost their capabilities.
â€œThese capabilities provide their militariesâ€¦ with enhanced situational awareness, enabling them to monitor, track, and target US and allied forces,â€ the DIA says.
What it did not say, however, is that a host of senior US military leaders have openly discussed the prospect of offensive weapons being delivered into Earthâ€™s orbit. Former Pentagon chief James Mattis, for instance, said in 2017 that the US needs to have offensive weapons in space â€œshould someone decide to militarize it and go on the offensive.â€
RT is the first Russian 24/7 English-language news channel which brings the Russian view on global news. This article was published on February 13 at RT.